scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: What Sayeth the List?
Schramm, Charlie (CMS@MV.CATALYTICA-INC.COM
Tue Feb 15 2000 - 17:26:13 CST
> Bruce Arnold asked what he should do about the SPL who didn't like to
> camp. What was the performance agreement with the young man? Was it
> clear as to what the expectations were? I am a Scoutmaster of a troop
> where the SPL knows when he is elected that he is expected to attend the
> campouts as the SPL, ie. the leader. The adults don't lead the campouts,
> he does. He should have his PL's there as well for the patrols that go
> along to assist in running the campouts. If SPL/PL can't make it, then
> ASPL/APL should be there for sure. Anyway, an SPL isn't fulfilling the
> job requirements in our troop if he doesn't attend the campouts.
OK, so what really happens is the SPL's try hard to attend most of the
campouts, but I understand when they can't be there. Still, they have to
attend most of them and the same applies to all troop functions. Does this
mean that some otherwise excellent candidates never make SPL? Sure does.
My advice is to let the PLC work on this issue. Talk with them about the
job requirements with the SPL present. Sounds like he is a pretty good
leader other than the campouts, so maybe he needs to understand that a
leader is around all the time, not just when he feels like it. Campouts are
too important to the Scouting experience to allow him to miss out on the
leadership opportunities he would have while attending. Just my humble (and
rambling) thoughts on the topic.
SM Troop 476
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